SVG denies Whincup 100th Supercars win
Shane van Gisbergen denied team-mate Jamie Whincup a 100th ATCC/Supercars win in a thrilling Race 16 at Ipswich.
On fresher tyres, the Kiwi overtook Craig Lowndes and Whincup in the final four laps to lead home a one-two-three for Triple Eight.
Prodrive duo Mark Winterbottom and Chaz Mostert trailed the trio home in fourth and fifth respectively.
Starting third, Whincup had made the most of a spirited battle between front-row starting Prodrive team-mates Chris Pither and Mostert on the opening lap.
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Mostert was elbowed wide by Pither while on the outside of Turn 2, allowing Whincup down the inside at the following corner
The six-time champion then hit the front with a clean inside move at Turn 4, taking control of the race.
Lowndes also made short work of the battling Falcons to latch onto the back of Whincup, stalking his team-mate for the duration.
Lowndes pitted on lap seven to try and undercut Whincup, but found himself again staring at the back of the Red Bull entry when Whincup pitted and rejoined a lap later.
The Caltex backed driver turned up the pressure in the second stint as Whincup tried to save fuel in order to make the flag.
Van Gisbergen had meanwhile run a nine lap longer first stint than Whincup, passing Mostert for third before eventually taking his second set of tyres.
Facing a six second gap to the leaders when he returned to the track, Van Gisbergen charged, eventually taking Lowndes and then Whincup on laps 35 and 37 respectively.
“I was surprised the other guys pitted as early as they did but they were racing each other,” smiled Van Gisbergen after his third win in four races.
“We went for the time trial option and had good tyres at the end. I’m so stoked.”
Whincup was left to lament a lack of speed compared to his two team-mates.
“We put ourselves in the best position but to win races you have to have car pace and we just didn’t have enough today,” he said.
Tim Slade was the last of all to stop on lap 24 and managed to convert ninth on the grid into sixth at the flag.
Will Davison took seventh from Rick Kelly, James Moffat, Fabian Coulthard and pole-sitter Pither.
Coulthard battled for sixth with Michael Caruso in the early going before tipping the Nissan off the track at Turn 5.
The DJR Team Penske driver was subsequently ordered to slow to readdress the indiscretion, dropping to 12th in the process.
Team-mate Scott Pye started from the pitlane in his repaired Ford and eventually came home 21st.
The race was shortened by a lap after an aborted start called after Cameron Waters’ Falcon broke its driveline on the first formation lap.
Result: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Coates Hire Ipswich Super Sprint Race 16
|1||Red Bull Racing Australia||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||38||45:59.3567|
|2||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||38||46:00.1785|
|3||TeamVortex||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||38||46:00.4458|
|4||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||38||46:00.6899|
|5||Supercheap Auto Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG/X||38||46:01.1915|
|6||Freightliner Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||38||46:06.6239|
|7||Team Darrell Lea STIX||Will Davison||Holden Commodore VF||38||46:24.7308|
|8||Sengled Motorsport||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||38||46:25.8621|
|9||Wilson Security Racing GRM||James Moffat||Volvo S60||38||46:26.6231|
|10||DJR Team Penske||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Falcon FG/X||38||46:26.8544|
|11||Super Black Racing||Chris Pither||Ford Falcon FG/X||38||46:27.2780|
|12||carsales Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||38||46:27.5495|
|13||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||38||46:29.7022|
|14||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||38||46:31.4370|
|15||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||38||46:31.8951|
|16||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||38||46:32.4118|
|17||GB Galvanizing Racing||Dale Wood||Nissan Altima||38||46:33.0953|
|18||Team Cooldrive||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore VF||38||46:34.1687|
|19||LD Motorsport||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||38||46:34.4208|
|20||LD Motorsport||Andre Heimgartner||Holden Commodore VF||38||46:34.6426|
|21||DJR Team Penske||Scott Pye||Ford Falcon FG/X||38||46:38.0045|
|22||Erebus Motorsport Penrite||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore VF||38||46:41.7594|
|23||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||38||46:42.1458|
|24||Preston Hire Racing||Kurt Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||38||46:48.3752|
|25||Erebus Motorsport Hungry Jacks||Craig Baird||Holden Commodore VF||38||46:51.6776|
|DNF||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Falcon FG/X||4||18:49.0840|
|2||Shane Van Gisbergen||1642|